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2.   Pregnancy  :



Pregnant women are treated with much consideration. The

men relieve them of arduous duties. The husband exercises restra"

int In beating his wife so long as she is big with child



When the daughter becomes pregnant, her parents take

presents of rice-paste and meat of chicken to her. She is fed first

with these; and all others take their food along with her.



3.   Delivery   :



Delivery takes place at the parent's house of the wife for

the first few issues. It may also take place at the husband's paren-

tal home. The question is one of financial soundness. The relati-

vely well off parents assume this responsibility.



Delivery takes place at home* Nobody goes to the town

hospital for delivery. There are traditional midwives in the village.

These midwives take full care of mother and child. The midwife

is given food for the first three days. She gets a cash reward for

her service.



4.    Naming Ceremony :



On the third, ninth or eleventh day after birth, the child

has to be given a name. The Gadabas invite relatives. In the prese-

nce of kinsmen, the husband's parents arrange the naming cere-

mony.



They wash a cock first. Then they offer grains of rice to

the cock. A name is suggested. "Are you Bangaramma ?" One

asks. The cock may shy away from touching the grains. Three

times the same name is proposed. If the cock does not touch



food, it is believed that the perticular name is not  suitable to the

child.



Then someone proposes a second name. The cock Is given

three chaaces to express its consent to the name. If it do^ not eat

|he grain, a third name is proposed.